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  1. Ouch! That's right!! New members are required to make a minimum of (I think) 5 "reply" posts in already-established threads before they are allowed to launch their own threads. Hmm ... Try posting here and there throughout the forum to get your "minimum" fulfilled. (Just make sure they are them "real" posts with real substance is all. Some newbs try to fake it by posting the word "Hi!" and that's it.)
  2. I second this nomination whole heartedly. And I offer my reasons in the A&F discussion thread for this film. http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showtopi...mp;#entry169743 A truly worthy film. And one of Frank Capra's best, imho.
  3. I am happy to "second" this nomination for the Top 100 List. I saw this film by mere chance as a child on broadcast TV on a Saturday afternoon, back in the days when there were ONLY the three networks, and PBS, and maybe one or two independant stations. It deeply touched me and I still vividly remember it all these years later. There are even whole stretches of dialogue that I still remember from it, and I promise you I only saw it once. Every character was so compelling, especially the female lead. Frank Capra had such a feel for women's roles and he crafted them into rich and believable ch
  4. Okay. I can live with this reply. Thanks.
  5. What I'm REALLY tring to say, Alan, is: I need a very firm explanation of "spiritually significant." And I am not finding one anywhwere on the web site. Can you pin down what "spiritually significant" means? I have made two nominations up above that some people might not agree to be "spiritualy significant," depending on how they are treating the definition. So if you would clarify what the working defintion is supposed to be, I might consider withdrawing my two borderline nominatons.
  6. Alan, can you post in this thread the criteria and guidelines we should be following for considering/nominating a film? (In other words, can you put EVERYTHING in this thread so we don't have to go hunting for it in all the links?) I'm sure the criteria is listed SOMEWHERE here at A&F, but I don't know exactly where it is. What I'm saying is: you've certainly outlined the date ranges of films, but I want to know what kind of merits we should we be zeroing in on. Thanks.
  7. Autumn in New York http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0174480/ http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showtopic=19192&hl= http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autumn_in_New_York_%28film%29 http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=autumninnewyork.htm Richard Gere stars as a successful and complacent playboy who falls for a twenty-something Winona Ryder. It holds up for brutal scrutiny his idealized and self-satisfied lifestyle of unbudgeable bachelorhood, serial boyfriend-hood, thoughtless two-timing and "playing the field" (especially with women half his age). The film exposes how the weightier ramifications
  8. Autumn in New York http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0174480/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autumn_in_New_York_%28film%29 http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=autumninnewyork.htm Richard Gere stars as a successful and complacent playboy who falls for a twenty-something Winona Ryder. It holds up for brutal scrutiny his idealized and self-satisfied lifestyle of unbudgeable bachelorhood, serial boyfriend-hood, thoughtless two-timing and "playing the field" (especially with women half his age). The film exposes how the weightier ramifications of infidelity and a lack of commitment almost always fall f
  9. The Good Son http://imdb.com/title/tt0107034/ http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showtopic=19191 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Good_Son_%28film%29 http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=goodson.htm A very young Elijah Wood stars as a troubled pre-teen boy grieving over the recent death of his mother. His father reluctantly leaves him behind with cousins while he goes to Japan on business. Wood makes friends with his same-aged cousin played by Macaulay Culkin who turns out to be a brilliant yet secret sociopath. As Culkin diabolically frames Wood again and again for his own heinous crimes,
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    The Good Son

    The Good Son http://imdb.com/title/tt0107034/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Good_Son_%28film%29 http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=goodson.htm A very young Elijah Wood stars as a troubled pre-teen boy grieving over the recent death of his mother. His father reluctantly leaves him behind with cousins while he goes to Japan on business. Wood makes friends with his same-aged cousin played by Macaulay Culkin who turns out to be a brilliant yet secret sociopath. As Culkin diabolically frames Wood again and again for his own heinous crimes, including cruelty to animals and causing a multi-ca
  11. Bruce Almighty http://imdb.com/find?s=all&q=bruce+alm...mp;x=13&y=7 http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showtopic=2485 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_almighty http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=brucealmighty.htm Bruce Almighty is described by its distributors as a "supernatural romantic comedy." It's primarily a rom-com, and the issue/obstacle that comes between the story's lovers (Jim Carrey as local TV news correspondent Bruce, and his girlfriend Jennifer Aniston as kindergarten teacher Grace) is Bruce's self-absorption and life-owes-me-a-living attitude. But this self-focus
  12. No. Not too late to make such a call. From my understanding, in order to be a success, this movie needed to gross about $120M in its opening weekend (only because the budget was a staggering $210M). My general rule of thumb has always been that you need to achieve about 50% of budget on opening weekend in order to NOT be a flop. That's because from opening weekend onward you will suffer drops of roughly 50% each successive weekend until you dwindle away to nothingness. By starting out so low on this first weekend, their overall domestic take will probbaly only be about $80M is they're lucky.
  13. I just tried it. The last line was the stumper.
  14. The tree log scene was badly done in the 1970's version--no suspense, not fast or tense enough. And the giant snake was just dumb looking. Jessica Lange was very good and did what she could with bad material. The script wanted to emphasize the sexual attraction by Kong toward her, which is ridiculous. And so I appreciated Jackson's version which went for a Diane Fossey take on the relationship between Kong and Ann. If anything, the set-up of Act 1 was pretty good in the 1970's version--the whole oil exploration thing.
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    28 Weeks Later

    I liked this movie. But I have two complaints. First, I found the scene where they truly disturbing. It went beyond SFX and had a deeply cutting 9/11 feel to it that got under my skin. The sounds of the windows being smashed by the heat really got to me. Second, the one scene where was unnecessarily prolonged. It went on and on and just wouldn't stop. I actually had to look away from the screen, which annoyed me since I was then being taken out of the film.
  16. I know this sounds really lame, but I am unable to view/watch trailers from my home computer (not enough processing speed). I can listen to web radio, but You-Tube is out of my reach right now. Otherwise I would have gladly linked that trailer here (provided it still exists on the web somewhere). But I shy away from blindly posting any alleged smoking gun/Exhibit A specimen without at least being able to view it first. Ditto for the Ron Burgundy trailers. BTW--good review, Peter.
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    The Invisible

    I first heard the term "trailer trash" (a verb) in the context of film marketing just a few years back. It refers to the annoying (and growing) practice of so drastically re-editing a film at the eleventh hour before its initial release so as to totally change (usually throw out comlpetely) much of the imagery/clips we repeatedly saw (and probably looked forward to) in the pre-release trailers. One classic example off the top of my head is Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (a film which I liked, btw). What ever happened to the scene from the trailer where Will Farrell and his female lead
  18. I was commenting that 300 will probably pay VERY well in Japan because, out of all the Western incarnations of soldiery, the Spartan seemed to most-resemble the distinctly Japanese aura and myth of the uber-warrior with a mystical/spiritual destiny to BE a warrior, and nothing else BUT a warrior.
  19. No! Don't stop! Don't Stop! I'm in geek-euphoria!
  20. Then you are NOT part of the Elite Inner-Circle of Five.
  21. Peter, I might be 1 of maybe only 5 super-geeks on this whole web site who actually enjoys box office data. So this artcile did NOT go unappreciated by me. And I can tell you put a lot of work into it. (I likewise have posted similar examples of meticulously presented stats, and it can take me an hour or more to compose such a post.) In my scriptwriting endeavors, I keep reading again and again from other writers and industry professionals that studios want to see 3 things in your script, none of which have anything to do with drama, characterization, and story structure: 1) merchandizing
  22. This sounds really exciting for you, but I wanna give you one warning: End of August is a roll of the dice that far north when it comes to the weather. It can get a tad chilly from time to time that late in the season. One of the great things about summer in Maine is the endless sunshine (sun rises at 5 AM, sets at 10 PM). But in late August the length of the sunlight hours isn't as dramatic as it was back in June and July. And even a very rare frost can strike in late-August, especially if you're inland. So, the crummy part about late-August is you stand the possibility of losing all that g
  23. Here are two different theatre lobby posters. The artistic differences are interesting. And it seems that the second image is going to be used on SOME of the DVD covers. http://www.impactprod.org/Images/onenight_poster1.jpg http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e308/Str...ght_poster2.jpg
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    Spider-Man 3

    The reviews are finally tricking into Rotten Tomatoes. It's curent score is 83% (6 reviews, 5 positive, 1 negative). http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/spiderman_3/ And the repeated consensus is: it's the best Spicey of them all.
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